Be breast aware: how to check your breasts

Be breast aware: how to check your breasts

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings.

Regular checking of your breasts is hugely important for all women and the article which we are re-publishing below is a very useful guide, originally published by the Irish Cancer Society in 2015.

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) explained

What is MLD?

(From MLD Ireland)

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle but very specialised skin therapy, available from therapists trained specifically to treat lymph related conditions.

MLD Consists of very light, rhythmic and calming hand movements to stretch the skin and stimulate the lymphatic system system. The aim of MLD is to redirect the fluid away from the swollen areas towards the healthy lymphatics in unswollen areas where the fluid can be drained by normal routes back into the circulatory system.

It is particularly useful when swelling involves areas of the body where hosiery cannot be easily worn, e.g. armpits, genitals, head and neck. MLD also helps reduce hardness of the tissues (fibrosis), which can develop with Lymphoedema.

It is one aspect of Lymphoedema management and is used in combination with other components of treatment, such as skin care and multi-layer bandaging. It works best when used as part of a treatment programme and is not a “cure“ in itself.

“Lymph Drainage is a healthy, natural, painless and absolutely effective method which gives a new basis to live, health and beauty.” - Emil Vodder 1936